Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video Studio lighting tools, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Studio Portraiture.
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Okay, we're in our studio here in the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, where we work, …and today we're going to be working with strobe, electronic flash, and…this is very critical to a lot of the work we do.…Some of the advantages of strobe-- People sometimes say to me, why do you shoot in…strobe instead of natural light?…Some of those advantages are the light is consistent.…Sometimes we work at 11 o'clock in the morning whereas we also may have the…other subjects who say they'll be here at 11 in the morning but they actually…end up here at 11 o'clock at night and we have to still shoot.…
And if you're relying upon daylight only, that's very limiting.…I've done a lot of work working with cosmetic clients, people who make the…beautiful perfect faces that you see in the big magazine covers and ads.…And there are certain rules of what of they'd like and their perfection.…One of those is that it must be flawless.…That's what you have to see and imagine. And it's usually aided sometimes by a…little retouching at the end.…
In this installment of the series, Douglas demonstrates how shooting in a studio allows for precise lighting control and consistency. The course begins with a look at the strobes and light modifiers that Douglas frequently employs for studio portraiture. Douglas positions the lights and then shoots a variety of portraits, demonstrating how he works with a model to capture different moods and positions.
Finally, he reviews the best images from the shoot, analyzing the lighting techniques he employed and showing how judicious use of Photoshop can enhance a portrait without making it look unnaturally processed.